Under Japanese imperialism, Korean national treasure Golden Buddha is stolen. Legendary Korean spy Lee is assigned to recover the fabled statue and reveal the dark plot. His recovery operation fails miserably, loosing both the statue and his sexy partner. Lee discovers that the failure was an inside job and fueled by rage of revenge, he must face off with the dangerous shadowy figure behind the plot.
[HanCinema's Lists] The Top 5 Korean Thrillers of All-Time 2014/01/17,
One of the most popular trends we saw in 2013 was the rampant release of action-packed thrillers! It's a genre that Korean cinema favours and continues to return to, but in 2013 the industry really did pump out a number of successful hits that contributed to the record-breaking tickets sales last year enjoyed.
It's tricky to pinpoint films that are 'pure' thrillers because Korean films often blend and bend their genres in unique and creative ways. That being said, here is a quick look at the top 5 Korean thrillers that have stormed their way to box office glory,...More
[HanCinema's Film Talk] Siblings in Cinema: The RYOO Brothers 2013/07/06,
Siblings don't always get along. Even when working within the same field family members often choose to keep their personal and professional lives separate to keep the peace. Personal histories, grudges, and just knowing one another as well as they do can cause friction and frustration in the workplace. Not so though with renowned South Korean actor Ryoo Seung-bum and his moviemaking brother Ryoo Seung-wan. The brothers' most recent effort, "The Berlin File" (2013), marks another successful family collaboration that rocked Korean cinemas earlier this year.
The brothers both came into the spotlight with their 2000 début feature "Die Bad"; a collection of four hard-boiled short stories that follows two teenagers and their descent into the violent world of organised crime. The film was written and directed by Seung-wan and stars himself and his younger brother Seung-beom. Seung-wan has sometimes been described as the Korean Tarantino, while his talent younger brother has been likened too the American-Canadian comedy actor Jim Carrey,...More
[Weekender] Restoring classics 2012/03/15, Source,
A strip of 35-millimeter celluloid film, which has mostly been replaced by digital cinema / Korea Times file
Early works return to life at Korean Film Archive By Lee Hyo-won Moviegoers today are accustomed to glossy, high-definition images that indiscriminately reveal slight skin blemishes of actors known for flawless complexions. Bass-heavy, surround-sound audio has also become the norm. The cinematic experience is more than about whether the plotline is appealing. The technical aspects of the audiovisuals often determine the overall aesthetics, of how one perceives the content. Sometimes the film itself is deliberately produced to capture the nostalgia of the past. Michel Hazanavicius' "The Artist" (2011) pays direct homage to early 20th-century silent movies while Quentin Tarantino's signature visual style displays an adoration of old, dust-streaked images. In 2008, Ryoo Seung-wan experimented with old-fashioned dubbing for his retro action flick "Dachimawa Lee",...More
'Quick' offers fast, forgetful entertainment 2011/07/12, Source,
Left, Kim In-kwon, center, in a scene from "Quick". Right, Lee Min-ki and Kang Ye-won run for their lives in the film. / Courtesy of CJ E&M Pictures
By Lee Hyo-won
Let's begin with the end.
The anticipated summer blockbuster "Quick" had Korean viewers, who can be usually seen impatiently darting toward exits before the end, glued to their seats until well after the credits stopped rolling.
It wasn't so much that it was a particularly mind-blowing experience. Certainly some 70 secondhand cars and 30 motorcycles were sacrificed for a string of blast scenes, but it was because filmmakers decided to show how much pain the stuntmen and women had to endure for the project,...More
[INTERVIEW] Director Ryoo Seung-wan - Part 1 2010/11/18, Source,
Director Ryoo Seung-wan [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
It has already been ten years since director Ryoo Seung-wan, whom we thought would always be the 'action kid', showed up in the film industry with "Die Bad". And while having shot ten movies during that time, he has been on a break over movies that have flopped, agonized over people not liking his scripts, and is now old enough to look back in embarrassment on childish remarks he made a long time ago. However, his movie "The Unjust" is the result of what he describes as having "lived through and felt". And it presents us with a form of shock that is different to what the audience has felt from his previous films -- a sense of reality so vivid that is weighs down us as very much the Republic of Korea that we live in today. What happened to him? In his interview with 10Asia, Ryoo Seung-wan talks about "what hasn't changed but has changed". * This article may contain spoilers. 10: The response to "The Unjust" had been extremely positive even ahead of its premiere, securing the highest number of advance ticket reservations and seeing many favorable articles on the movie. You must be happy doing this interview. Ryoo Seung-wan: I should be modest but it's true that I'm happy,...More
That special time of the year has come around, when South Korea's top filmmakers and actors turn into film festival programmers. The 4th Cinematheque Friends Film Festival will take place Jan. 29-March 1 in Seoul, and director,...More
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